I’ve been eating a ton of meals out lately, probably because I have actually been home for a few weekends in a row (weird for me too, I know) as well as having nice weather that makes me actually want to leave the house. Pittsburgh from late November to mid-March just encourages hibernation.
Even though I’m allegedly a Pittsburgh blogger, I never really talk about my “hometown”. Or is it really just my current place of residence/birthplace and West Virginia is/was my true home? Enough existentialism for right now. Anyway, Pittsburgh truly has a pretty decent food scene for a city that puts fries on its salads.
These is just a smattering of some of the meals I’ve eaten at Pittsburgh restaurants in the past month – usually I totally forget to take a picture/don’t feel like taking a picture so this isn’t everything (obviously).
These are actually in chronological order.
Shady Grove – Veggie Powerhouse Salad
Angela had a hair appointment in Shadyside so we used it as an excuse to get our favorite salad from Shady Grove. Oh, and my little babe has a copycat Veggie Powerhouse Salad recipe on her blog today, too.
Smiling Banana Leaf – Grilled Eggplant Salad and Spicy Basil with Pork
There’s a lot of good Thai in Pittsburgh, especially BYOB Thai (which is actually I think all Thai here). One of my favorites is Smiling Banana Leaf. Angela, Erin and I went one night and relived prom night through Facebook photos and a bottle of wine.
Mad Mex – Blackberry Rhubarb Margarita
I had a tramautic Thursday and also have a 21 day retox plan that called for a tequila drink so I bugged my dad to go to Mad Mex with me. I say Mad Mex is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh (even though it isn’t my favorite) because they always have good music and good margaritas and I’ve never had a bad time at Mad Mex, except for that time I got dumped at Mad Mex. And you know what? I think I still had a good time at Mad Mex that night. That’s a story for another day, though.
I also had a Grilled Mahi Mahi Salad which I always have. Un-pictured because I didn’t care.
Grit & Grace – Squid Salad, Chicken Meatball Ramen Bowl & Crispy Tofu
It’s funny to me that I’m now the local to my friends who grew up here and have
escaped moved away. I hadn’t tried Grit & Grace yet, so my college roommate/sorority sister Courtney being home gave us a perfect excuse to go.
Hello Bistro – Make Your Own Salad
I don’t know what the hell I’ve been doing, but I hadn’t seen Kayla since the infamous Pittsburgh Marathon. (Actually, we’ve both been traveling.) I have Summer Fridays (i.e. I can leave at noon) so she met me for lunch in Southside. I literally threw everything in a bowl and asked them not to chop it or put on dressing because that’s key to not having a sucky salad.
Allegheny Coffee Company – Iced Lavender Chai Tea Latte
I wanted to get good quality coffee to cold brew coffee with Davida’s recipe. I was feeling a little sluggish and you have me at lavender anything, so I got a lavender chai tea latte. I dream of a day where everywhere will have almond milk. Until then, sometimes I have to drink soy.
BRGR – Asparagus Panzanella Salad & King Salmon Burger
I’m about to get kind of dorky here: I’m experimenting with what I’m eating for recovery from long runs. I’ve not been recovering well – my muscles have been retaining water. So I looked up what I could eat to get rid of inflammation. I love salmon and that’s on the list so I have been eating a to of that and adding ginger to everything. Then Paige and I went and had ice cream that I devoured before I took a photo.
Capital Grille – Oysters & Halibut
I went with my dad and his friends to Capital Grille Monday night. (I’m so cool, I know.) We of course ate a bunch of oysters, I inhaled an un-pictured greens and herb salad then proceeded to eat an entire halibut, for the halibut (Dad joke).
Chat with me:
Where are your favorite places to eat in your hometown? Where are your fave places to eat in Pittsburgh (if you’ve been here)?